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Always Feeling Tired? Your Lymphatic System Might To Blame

Always Feeling Tired? Your Lymphatic System Might To Blame

Are you always feeling lethargic, no matter what? Despite motivating yourself, do you struggle to get out of bed every morning? Do you feel exhausted by the simplest of things? Do you need an energy boost to get things done?

If you’ve said yes, at least once, you’re not alone. Owing to our increasingly sedentary lifestyles, a majority of us feel tired almost all the time – for no reason at all. And the culprit behind this endless exhaustion might be your lymphatic system.

How The Lymphatic System Is Keeping Us Alive

We all know that we’ve got red and white blood cells swimming inside us and the job of the white blood cells is to protect our bodies from all sorts of harm. The white blood cells, in turn, make up the lymphatic system which is our sort of inbuilt immunity mechanism. Whenever an outside threat (a bacterial infection, dust motes, etc) shows up, the lymphatic system deals with it and neutralizes the threat. In addition to this, it also keeps our bodily fluids in balance and maintains our overall health index.

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This lymphatic system is made up of lymph vessels, lymph nodes along with organs like the spleen, thymus, tonsils and the adenoid glands. It traps the disease-causing agents in its lymphatic fluid and destroys it, thereby keeping the immune system fit and functioning. We’ve all experienced the occasional swellings here and there, particularly the tonsils. That’s your lymphatic system at work.

What A Weak Lymphatic System Can Do To Us

However, given that our lymphatic system plays such an important role, it is imperative to ensure that it works smoothly without any glitches. And the easiest way to achieve that is by sticking to a balanced diet, regular exercise and detoxifying the body whenever possible.

But most of us, wrapped in our busy workaholic lifestyles fail to do these 3 simple things, outlined above. As a result, our lymphatic system works over time and is easily stressed and this is manifested in the form of extreme fatigue. Some common symptoms of a weak lymphatic system include- chronic fatigue, muscle aches, joint pain, sore throats, catching colds often, regular viral infections and if left unchecked, can lead to arthritis and cancer formation.

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Cancer is typically formed, when the lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell) start malfunctioning and instead of forming antibodies, start multiplying rapidly and produce malignant tumors. In time, they break away from the lymph fluid and attack other organs and start destroying the body.

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    What You Can Do to Improve the Lymphatic System

    However, a weak lymphatic system isn’t  the end of the world and you can improve your condition by strictly following these steps.

    1. Reduce Inflammation:

    Try reducing stress and getting adequate sleep.Try to refrain from smoking and alcohol consumption. Make time for relaxation as well as exercise.

    2. Have a balanced diet designed as per your health needs:

    Instead of choosing a fad weight-loss diet from the internet, consult a dietitian or nutritionist and make a health food chart.

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    3. Take supplements if required:

    Go for omega-3 fish oil, turmeric or vitamin tablets. You can also experiment with different essential oils like lemon, myrrh and frankincense. They improve blood flow and help in detoxification.

    Finally, keep in mind that feeling tired all the time can be due to other health issues and it is best advised to visit a physician soon as possible if you’re suffering from constant fatigue.

    A weak lymphatic system is one of the potential causes, but bear in mind that taking preventive measures is always a safe option for it not only keeps diseases at bay but also keeps you healthy and refreshed throughout the day.

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      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

      1. Work on the small tasks.

      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

      2. Take a break from your work desk.

      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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      3. Upgrade yourself

      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

      4. Talk to a friend.

      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

      7. Read a book (or blog).

      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

      8. Have a quick nap.

      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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      9. Remember why you are doing this.

      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

      10. Find some competition.

      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

      11. Go exercise.

      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

      12. Take a good break.

      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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